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Tue Aug 25, 2020, 07:19 PM

Unmasked Protesters Push Past Police Into Idaho Lawmakers' Session

In Boise, the first day of Idaho's special legislative session erupted into chaos before it began. Dozens of unmasked protesters, some of them armed, shoved their way past state troopers to pack the gallery overlooking the state's House of Representatives.

The clash was a manifestation of the anger and frustration from a vocal minority of far-right Idahoans that has been compounding over the last several months as the state has navigated its reopening amid the pandemic.

To enforce social distancing, the gallery area above the House chamber was restricted with limited seating. But after the confrontation with state troopers, which resulted in the shattering of a glass door, Republican House Speaker Scott Bedke relented and allowed protesters to fill every seat.

The response stands in stark contrast to 2014 when dozens of advocates pressuring lawmakers to pass LGBTQ protections were arrested for standing silently in a hallway, blocking access to the Idaho Senate chamber.

https://www.npr.org/2020/08/25/905785548/unmasked-protesters-push-past-police-into-idaho-lawmakers-session?utm_term=nprnews&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=npr


It may not come as a surprise that Ammon Bundy was involved in this protest.

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Reply Unmasked Protesters Push Past Police Into Idaho Lawmakers' Session (Original post)
Arkansas Granny Aug 2020 OP
OAITW r.2.0 Aug 2020 #1
johnp3907 Aug 2020 #2
bluestarone Aug 2020 #3
Arkansas Granny Aug 2020 #5
stillcool Aug 2020 #4
soothsayer Aug 2020 #6
martouf Aug 2020 #7
Arkansas Granny Aug 2020 #8

Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 07:21 PM

1. Making America a Third World Country. nt

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 07:22 PM

2. How many shots did the police fire?

Anyone dead or paralyzed?

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 07:23 PM

3. Let me see now. I bet

0000000000000000 ARRESTS? Figures!

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Response to bluestarone (Reply #3)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 07:26 PM

5. Bingo.

On Monday, an Idaho State Police spokeswoman, Lynn Hightower, said she wasn't aware of any pending charges against protesters. The following day she released a statement saying that "Idaho State Police personnel determined they could not have made arrests on the spot without elevating the potential for violence," and that an investigation was ongoing into any criminal behavior "that may have occurred."

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 07:26 PM

4. Everyone still have both eyes?

no rubber bullets?

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Response to stillcool (Reply #4)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 07:31 PM

6. Tear gas? Grenades?

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 07:48 PM

7. Lucky for them they're just white and armed

 

Otherwise, there would have bbeen hell to pay.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 08:16 PM

8. Well, looky here. Ammon Bundy got himself arrested today for these antics.

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